By Claire Gigje

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)–As the national government gears for the complete rehabilitation of the war-torn city, Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary and Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Chairperson Eduardo Del Rosario appealed for the passage of the compensation bill covering payment for the siege-wrecked property in the city’s most affected area (MAA).

The TFBM chief said they could not note the total completion of the rehabilitation, although infrastructures will already be done soon, as the enactment of the bill is more significant for the affected IDPs.

“Without the compensation bill, we cannot make a complete rehabilitation of Marawi City because the thousands of families who were affected, they need assistance financially in view of the destruction of their respective houses and buildings,” said Del Rosario during the Senate hearing of the Special Committee on Marawi Rehabilitation Tuesday, September 21.

Special Committee on Marawi Rehabilitation Chair Senator Ronald Dela Rosa conveyed his understanding of the necessity of the passage of the bill as he apologized for the delay in the hearing of such.

Accordingly, the hearing of the Marawi Compensation Bill is undertaken primarily by the Senate Committee on Finance while the Special Committee on Marawi Rehabilitation only acts secondarily.

Dela Rosa explained that the major committee handling the bill was busy in their previous sessions with Bayanihan 1 which was then followed by Bayanihan 2.

Nevertheless, the special committee assured that the passage of the compensation bill is being hastened.

“Bibilisan namin and rest assured, gagawin namin itong priority kahit na regardless kung mayroong certification coming from Malacañang na ito ay isang urgent bill or not. Para sa amin, dito sa Senado, urgent ito kaya bibilisan namin ito. Rest assured na gagawin namin ito,” said Dela Rosa.

[We will expedite and rest assured, we will make this a priority regardless if there is a certification from the Malacañang that this is an urgent bill or not. For us, here in the Senate, this is urgent that is why we will fast-track this. Rest assured that we will do it.]

Another hearing for the Marawi compensation bill is set Friday, September 24.

With this, Del Rosario expressed his positivity that TFBM will be supplemented by the successful approval of the Marawi Compensation Bill.

“I hope the efforts of Task Force Bangon Marawi in as far as the infrastructure and non-infra projects are concerned will be fully complemented with the passage of the compensation bill,” he said. (CRG/PIA Lanao del Sur)